Allusions in Ernest Hemingway's The sun also rises

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Sylvia Nelson Edmondson (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Robert Stephens

Abstract: The Sun Also Rises represents Ernest Hemingway's first serious endeavor as a novelist. For that reason alone, an extended study is meaningful. However, in this novel, Hemingway has made extensive and effective use of the technique of allusion, a literary device seemingly at odds with his characteristic simplicity of style. The allusions are so numerous and varied that they almost defy categorization. Some highly creditable studies have been made but have been limited to a particular allusion or a set of related allusions. No comprehensive study has been made, and this work is an attempt to meet that need. The use of allusion is first related to Hemingway's literary aims, showing it to be a device well suited to his method of saying much while adhering to his self-imposed simplicity and restraint. The allusions are then organized as they relate to tone, structure, characterization, setting, and meaning in The Sun Also Rises. Here the allusions are identified, explained in context, and related to the development of each of these elements. As many of the allusions serve multiple roles, some repetition has been unavoidable.

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Language: English
Date: 1971
Hemingway, Ernest, $d 1899-1961 $x Criticism and interpretation
Hemingway, Ernest, $d 1899-1961. $t Sun also rises

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